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Stanley Cup Playoffs open thread: May 14

Two weeks of action in the opening round have come down to a winner-take-all match for six teams today.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 7: Boston Bruins @ Carolina Hurricanes

Series tied 3-3

How to watch

Start time: 4:30 PM EDT / 1:30 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet East/West/Pacific/360 (English) TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: ESPN
In the Hurricanes region: Bally Sports South
In the Bruins region: NESN
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

The home team has won every game in this series through six games, and if that holds it will be the Carolina Hurricanes moving on to Round 2. The winning team has scored five goals in five of the games, but will we see that in a game as critical as this one?

Game 7: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Series tied 3-3

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English) TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: TNT
In the Lightning region: Bally Sports Sun
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

The teams have alternated wins so far, with the Lightning being the last to get a victory while facing elimination on home ice — in overtime no less. This should be Toronto’s turn, but people have been saying that for two decades now. The atmosphere of this game should be interesting in front of a crowd that already saw its team miss one chance to end a long drought.

Game 7: Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers

Series tied 3-3

How to watch

Start time: 10:00 PM EDT / 7:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English) TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: ESPN
In the Kings region: Bally Sports SoCal
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

The Oilers avoided the heightened drama of overtime in their Game 6 when Tyson Barrie scored with five minutes to go in regulation. They added an empty-netter and then got set to head home for their showdown with the Kings. Fans in Edmonton haven’t been quite as starved for post-season success as those in Toronto, as the Oilers got to the second round in 2016-17, but there has been plenty of frustration during the Connor McDavid era that would be extended if they can’t get the win tonight.